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Color them grateful: Youth project brightens patients’ lives
by Bill Clough
Apr 03, 2013 | 1463 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nelda Garcia, an RN with Christus Spohn, receives a box of coloring books from Christina Perez, who is this year’s Miss Teen Western Week and who organized a coloring book and crayon project for youngsters who are hospitalized.
Nelda Garcia, an RN with Christus Spohn, receives a box of coloring books from Christina Perez, who is this year’s Miss Teen Western Week and who organized a coloring book and crayon project for youngsters who are hospitalized.
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The lives of children who are patients at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville are about to become more colorful thanks to these generous people.
The lives of children who are patients at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville are about to become more colorful thanks to these generous people.
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The lives of children who are patients at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville are about to become more colorful.

That’s thanks to 14-year-old Christina Perez — the Miss Teen Western Week — and her court.

As a civic project, she suggested that her 10 court members should buy coloring books and crayons from Walmart to donate to the hospital.

She sent the requests by email; the group responded.

They delivered the 50 packets of books and crayons — the 24-colors-to-a-box variety — last week to Victor Gomez, hospital administrator.

“I was surprised at how many we got,” Perez says. “It was more than I expected.”

“Christina always had a big heart,” says her mother, Daisy Hinojosa, noting that her daughter canceled an annual front-yard summer charity bake sale in order to start a project to assist victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Perez, who is an eighth-grade Moreno Middle School student, already has an established reputation for community outreach.

Shortly after the school shooting at Newtown, Conn., she sent Valentine’s Day cards to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“She’s always busy,” Hinojosa says, “but it’s a good busy.”

“It makes me feel better,” Christina says, “knowing that kids (at the hospital this Easter would) have a smile on their faces.”

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.
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April 04, 2013
I am so thankful when I read stories like this in our local paper. It reminds me of why I decided to stay in Beeville and settle down for good.

Girls never give up helping others as the feeling is wonderful and you will reap the rewards later in life by doing all you can in your community.

If I can ever help with a dnoation contact me if you can or put somethi ng in paper so I can come help you fulfill your dreams and moine of helping people.

Fred Rugar